Marq Hicks Joins Bowling Staff as Head Coach

ADRIAN, Mich.--Adrian College athletics director Mike Duffy has announced that Marq Hicks has been named the new head coach of the men's and women's bowling teams for the Bulldogs. Hicks started his coaching duties earlier this week.

Armed with 25 years of bowling experience as a high school/collegiate player, youth director and coach, Hicks brings a good knowledge base of the state's recruiting areas to his new position.

"I would like to welcome Marq and his family to the Adrian College family," Duffy said. "His experience in leadership running his own business and developing youth bowlers at the regional and national levels, make him a good fit at this time to lead our Bulldog programs. I look forward to observing Marq sustaining the success made by our student-athletes and elevating our programs to the next level." 

Hicks returns to the state of Michigan and begins his first head coaching job at the collegiate level after relocating from Tucson, Ariz., where he charitable nonprofit organization founded Maple Moxie. The organization works to overcome the financial and instructional barriers that limit youth participation in competitive bowling.

"This is a dream come true," Hicks said about the opportunity to coach at Adrian. "I've been a bowler all my life and come from a long family tradition of ardent bowlers. When I bowled in high school and in college, I always hoped that my passion for bowling would become a full-time career. This is a dream job that I've been working toward for the last seven years. This also allows me and my family to return to our home state of Michigan...."

"It's my hope that we continue Adrian College's winning tradition," said Hicks, referring to his goal for the first season at the helm. "I've had a chance to meet our teams and I'm ecstatic about the talent and skill that we have. That said, talent and skill will only take a team so far and hard work is the key to success. The coaching staff and student-athletes are dedicated to success and we will continually work toward that goal."

Hicks is a Silver level-certified coach through the United States Bowling Congress, a national governing body whose primary purpose is to establish and publish playing rules, certify leagues and tournaments, and regulate and promote high school and collegiate bowling. He also served on the USBC Board of Directors as a youth director and state delegate for Arizona.

The Marine Corps veteran coached at Bendle High School in Burton, Mich., from 2012 to 2016. He led the varsity team to an undefeated 2013-14 season (11-0), winning conference and regional titles. Bendle finished the season with an eighth-place finish in the Michigan High School Athletic Association state tournament.

Once a competitive high school and youth bowler, Hicks served in the United States Marine Corps for four years and received promotion once during his Service. After his honorable discharge, he resumed competitive bowling for Grand Valley State University's club program. 

Hicks eventually graduated in 2014 from Central Michigan University with a bachelor of applied arts in communication, receiving magna cum laude high honors. He received recognition into three National Honor societies: Golden Key International, Lambda Pi Eta and National Society of Collegiate Scholars.

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(Transaction: Adrian College--Marq Hicks named men's and women's bowling coach.)